Crest of Flackwell Heath Football Club

Flackwell Heath

The Heathens

Flackwell Heath Football Club, nicknamed “The Heathens,” is a non-league football club based in Flackwell Heath, Buckinghamshire.

Established in 1907, they currently compete in the Pitching In Southern Football League Division One Central, which is part of the eighth tier of English football. The team calls Wilks Park their home ground.

The club started in the High Wycombe and District League and quickly became a dominant force, winning twelve league championships and the High Wycombe Senior Challenge Cup twelve times. In the 1950s, they joined the Great Western Combination League, winning twice before returning to the Wycombe League. The 1970s marked the beginning of their rise to senior football with the construction of their clubhouse in 1974 and winning several regional cups, culminating in their promotion to the Hellenic League Division One in 1977 and the Premier Division shortly after.

The 1980s and 1990s were times of significant change and challenge for Flackwell Heath. They moved to the Athenian League, then joined the Isthmian League in 1984. Their first season in Isthmian Division Two (North) saw a respectable eighth-place finish, but they faced tougher competition in Division Two (South). By the 1990-91 season, they were placed in the newly formed Ryman League Division Three. The 2002/03 season was notable as they reached the 4th qualifying round of the FA Cup and finished third in the Ryman League Division Two. Their youth team also won the Allied Counties League Southern Division that year.

In the mid-2000s, Flackwell Heath had mixed fortunes. They reached the 4th qualifying round of the FA Cup again in 2004/05 and were runners-up in the Ryman League Associate Members Cup. Their veterans team won the FA Umbro Sunday Cup in 2006 and 2007. Despite a strong finish in the 2005/06 season, league reorganization led to their relegation to the Hellenic Premier Division in 2007/08. Under various managerial changes, including Byron Walton, Terry Glynn, and Matt Flint, the team saw fluctuating success, with notable performances in cup competitions. James Pritchard and Matt Miller later took managerial roles, with the team finishing fourth in the 2011/12 season.